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Thursday: Thursday is Black Day, which is for singles who didn’t receive chocolates on Valentine’s Day to get together and eat black noodles (jjajangmyeon) to lament their inability to find a partner. The Probationary Theatre Company, an organization run by expats committed to providing the foreign community in Seoul with quality entertainment, wants to turn such trends on their head by organizing a speed dating event.

Participants will get 12 dates in an hour. People of all nationalities are welcome but should be able to speak English.

It costs 20,000 won ($18.40), including drinks and canapes. Speed dating starts at 9 p.m. at the White Box Theater near Yongsan District Office. Go to Hyochang Park Station, line No. 6, exit 2.

Reservations are needed; there are no door sales. RSVP by e-mailing details to probationarytheatre@gmail.com.

For more information, visit www.probationarytheatre.com.


Saturday: Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is offering a two-hour lecture on Dunstan Baby Language theory and implications for educators. Dunstan’s contention, that babies possess a language of their own from birth is neither thinking inside the box, nor outside, but imagining a new box. Priscilla Dunstan’s discovery of a baby language necessitates a return to the theoretical and practical drawing board. This workshop is for teachers of all ages and levels and will include an introduction to Dunstan and her research into baby language, how to identify, speak with and understand babies and outcomes and implications for would-be caregivers.

Dwight Lubiniecki will deliver the lecture. With 17 years of teaching experience, Lubiniecki has tutored undergraduates in the United States, taught high school curriculum to teenagers and adults in Canada, lectured Korean graduate students on developing social trends and events, and instructed development workshops for Korean English teachers. From 2008 to 2010, he lectured graduate students on academic writing at Sookmyung Women’s University.

He currently divides his time between being a lecturer at Yonsei University and a private tutor at Seoul Foreign School.

The event is free and open to all. The venue is room 105 on the first floor of the Sookmyung Professional Center. The lecture starts at 3 p.m.

Go to Sookmyung Women’s University station, line No. 4, exit 10.

For more information, call 010-6745-0717 or visit www.kotesol.org.


April 19: This month’s Asia Society Korea Center’s monthly luncheon is about “Transformation, the first step to a new beginning.”

Guest speaker Yun Young-gak has been the chairman and CEO of the Seoul-based Samjong KPMG for the past 10 years and currently serves as director of the UN Global Compact Network Korea, is director of the Merry Year Foundation, an adviser to the Academy of Korean Studies and president of the University of Pennsylvania’s Korean Alumni Association.

He also worked on the transition team of President Lee Myung-bak. He represented the Korean government at the World Trade Organization antidumping negotiations and as its international legal adviser.

Yun holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Duke University School of Law.

The venue is the Charlotte Suite on the 36th floor of the Lotte Hotel Seoul. The lecture starts at noon and ends at 1:30 p.m. It costs 30,000 won for members and 40,000 won for nonmembers. Go to Euljiro 1-ga Station, line No. 2. RSVP by Friday by sending an e-mail to askoreacenter@gmail.com.

For more information, call (02) 759-7806 or visit www.asiasociety.org.
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